We Still Hang People in Orange County

Categories: Culture, Halloween

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The Hangman and The Lawman get ready for a hangin'! Photo by Scott Feinblatt
The Halloween season fills a very important need in America. It is a time when society collectively derides its lasting Puritanical bent and celebrates demonic imagery. With the season come haunted attractions; some, like Knott's Scary Farm, are SoCal institutions, and in addition to the mazes and rides tricked-out with Halloween decor, the theme park hosts a variety of interactive attractions and traditional shows. One of those shows is "Elvira's Big Top," and the other is "The Hanging."

On top of being a highly theatrical and musical theme park show, "The Hanging" is foremost a roast of celebrities and of society, in general. It is an anomaly which transgresses almost every boundary of taste. While nudity and profanity do not factor, no topic is sacred from ridicule. Thus, "The Hanging" occupies a very special niche in Orange County culture -- one that is almost as important as Halloween is to the US.

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Slash Gives Us Plenty to Fear at Horror Nights

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Myles Kennedy and Slash (Left to Right) at the Red Carpet Ceremony for The Eyegore Awards. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
On Friday night, Slash appeared at the Eyegore Awards, at Universal Studios Hollywood, where he and singer Myles Kennedy performed the title track to his recent horror film, Nothing Left to Fear. Slash, whose new album World on Fire was released last week, also received one of the awards and provided the soundtrack for one of the new mazes at Halloween Horror Nights, "Clowns 3D Music by Slash."

McKenzie Westmore (Face Off) emceed the event wherein fimmakers Robert Rodriguez, John Landis, and effects artist Greg Nicotero received awards as well. Universal Studios's Creative Director, John Murdy, was present at the event, which took place on the opening night of the theme park's Halloween Horror Nights. This year, the park features new mazes based on Rodriguez's film / television series From Dusk Till Dawn, Landis's classic horror film An American Werewolf in London, and The Walking Dead, for which Nicotero is the Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor. After the awards ceremony, members of the press were invited to experience the theme park's new haunted mazes.


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Five Surprisingly Great Cover Songs for Halloween

Categories: Halloween

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NatureBoyMD via Wikimedia Commons
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Today is Halloween! A night of ghouls, goblin, tricks, treats and genuine spooktacular mystery! While tonight will be full of the joys of pretending that we're someone we're not, why not let the thrill of imitation runneth over into our Halloween playlists? We all love a good cover, but sometimes the wrong cover can be scarier than the last haunted house on the left of Elm Street. But in the tradition of true trick or treating, we've assembled five great cover songs from the unlikeliest of sources. Here are five unexpectedly great covers to make sure your monster mash is a certified graveyard smash!

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The Ten Best Horror Movie Soundtracks

Categories: Halloween

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By: Jonathan Patrick
Halloween should be filled with good, albeit strange, music. Horror film soundtracks provide the most suitable gateway to such enjoyment. From grotesque to gorgeous, these represent our ten favorite offerings (in reverse order). Enjoy.


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How To Be the Best Zombie You Can Be at the Long Beach Zombie Walk

Categories: Halloween

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Long Beach Zombie Walk
In May of 2009, the Long Beach Cinematheque hosted the first Long Beach Zombie Walk to kick-off a midnight screening of "Night of the Living Dead." It was so popular that the group did it again in October. "We decided to make an annual event of it," said Logan Crow, executive director of Long Beach Cinematheque. Crow says he has a special affinity for zombies.

"What I love specifically about the zombie genre of horror cinema is that zombie films can be side-splittingly hilarious, or absolutely horrifying. The genre works at so many levels." Today, pop culture is exploding with zombie-themed commercials, films and shows. "They're everywhere!" Crow says. "And it can be any one, at any moment - that's such a scary thought to me. At one moment you're running from a horde with your grandmother, she gets bitten, and you've got five seconds to decide if you have the stomach to...well, do what you have to do. It's a truly terrifying genre, when you think about it."

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CinemAttack Turns Cult Film Screenings Into Crazy Theatrical Events

Categories: Halloween

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Tyler Jacobs
Tyler Jacobs is no stranger to show biz (aside from acting on TV as a child, he and his brothers work on the Aquabats! Super Show! and Yo Gabba Gabba!). But his latest project, CinemAttack, is all about being part of the audience.

CinemAttack's goal is to essentially make people fall in love with going to movie theaters again, by bringing films to life. "There seems to be a really big movement right now when people are really excited to go out to see a movie that they might even already own on DVD -- but in a theater with other people at an event," Jacobs says. "So even while fancy home theaters are on the rise and Hollywood struggles to fill seats, people still want to go out and have a really cool experience in a theater."

Jacobs is screening old-school, ska cult documentary Dance Craze on Friday, May 31 at the Art Theater, and they are even bringing in the film's cinematographer to talk at the screening. Why celebrate such an old-school art form? Read on to find out.


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Five Things You're Not Allowed to Miss at HARD Day of the Dead


Halloween debauchery gets one more horrifying gasp tomorrow in downtown Los Angeles when the city is swarmed by electronic dance music fans attending HARD Day of the Dead. In an attempt not to compete with the many dance music festivals going on Halloween weekend, the HARD Haunted Halloween Festival has now been transformed into HARD Day of the Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos for you non-gringos. This Latin celebration is usually held on November 1st and 2nd to coincide with the Catholic All Saints Day and All Souls Day in remembrance of those friends and family who have passed. Starting tomorrow afternoon you can expect lots of kids dressed in Day of the Dead get-ups with a lot of face paint and very little clothing. Boasting four different stages, a Ferris Wheel and even a Holy Ship, the HARD brand has really stepped up it's game after being bought by Live Nation. With a stacked line-up featuring Major Lazer, Knife Party, Tommy Trash and more we put together a list of five must see acts you can't forget about under the Los Angeles city skyline and booming beats.

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Top Five Best and Worst Parts of Escape From Wonderland - NOS Events Center - October 27,2012

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Courtesy of Insomniac Events
Escape From Wonderland Was a Delightful Fright


This weekend, Insomniac Events hosted their second annual Escape from Wonderland music festival at the Nos Events Center in San Bernadino. The Wonderland parties have become a staple brand for the promoters and are becoming just as popular as Electric Daisy Carnival (their biggest event of the year). Built on a foundation of Alice and Wonderland themed performers and d├ęcor, Escape from Wonderland brought out the spooky side of this magical world we've come to love. We break down the night with the top five best and worst of our dark decent into this massive EDM event.

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Top 10 EDM Halloween Parties in OC
Nocturnal Wonderland: Our Recap From A to Z

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Here's How Zombies Took Over Long Beach This Weekend

Categories: Halloween
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Joseph Lapin 

Horror struck Long Beach on Saturday, when the LBC became overrun with zombies.  Most people were watching college football when terror reigned, but those who were caught outside found themselves in the midst of the uncanny.  I was one of them.  This is my story.  

On Saturday afternoon, I was compelled, by the beautiful weather, to turn off the USC game and leave my house, so I took my cheap beach-cruiser on a ride along the ocean in the direction of the Queen Mary.  I had no idea what awaited me outside of the comforts of my home.  

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The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

Categories: Halloween, Lists
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By: Jason Roche

Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside...

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